Naval Facilities Engineering Command

Travis AFB Demonstrates New System to Suppress Fires in Hangar

07/29/13 12:00 AM

Contact: Mario Icari
E-mail: Mario Icari@navy.mil
Voice: 619-532-1752

By Mario Icari, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest Public Affairs Office

FAIRFIELD, Calif. (NNS) -- Hangar 818's newly constructed fire suppression system located in Travis Air Force Base (AFB) demonstrated an innocuous foam dump July 10 while numerous military personnel, civilian spectators and media looked on in awe.

"It is a much quicker fire suppression system enabling the Air Force to safely put out a fire in an environmentally responsible manner," said Lt. Joseph Iacovone, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest team lead for this project. "In all, this system clearly demonstrated the ability to get the job done to a very interested and awe inspired crowd."

The foam filled approximately 85,000 square feet to a height of approximately six feet in minutes. The entire event took place in less than five minutes, offering an exciting and interesting show of its capabilities to all the spectators who attended.

"It was an amazing thing to see," said a spectator to the event.

Project contractor Desert Design and Construction Company specializes in fire suppression systems and recently completed an upgrade to another hangar located at Travis AFB. Desert Design and Construction Company installed 14 new foam generators and a new closed head system in Hangar 818. The new system features approximately 1,100 sprinkler heads throughout the facility as well as numerous other electrical, mechanical, and plumbing construction installments.

"The foam product used is non toxic and is a more efficient way to put out the fire," said Casey Covone, Desert Design and Construction Company project superintendent.

The project started last year and took the combined efforts of governmental and private consulting engineers, contract specialists, engineering technicians, contractor project superintendents and safety personnel to complete.

"Another great partnership between the Travis ROICC and the Air force 60th Civil Engineer Squadron," said Iacovone.

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